Florida GOP raises over $1.9 million in second quarter

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The Republican Party of Florida raised over $1.9 million for the second quarter of this year, according to reports listed on the Florida Division of Elections website and posted on Friday night. Officially the party under new chairman Blaise Ingoglia brought in $1,919,327.

Ingoglia was elected party chair back in January, ousting incumbent Leslie Dougher, Rick Scott’s candidate to remain in the post. Scott no longer fundraises for the party, exclusively raising money for his political action committee Let’s Get to Work, which has only fueled speculation about his ambitions for another office once he’s term-limited out of office in 2018.

Among the biggest contributors to the party are U.S. Sugar, which contributed $185,000. Pubic utilities Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy both contributed $50,000. Walmart chipped in $20,000.

Prominent Jacksonville businessman Thomas Petway has individually given $160,000, and his real estate company, Petway Real Estate, gave $125,000. Petway leads former RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry’s current transition team, after he was elected mayor of Jacksonville earlier this year.

The Florida GOP spent $3.1 million in the second quarter, with over a million dollars of that going to boost Curry’s campaign.

The party also spent $425,000 to the House Republican Campaign Committee.

Meanwhile, the Florida Democratic Party raised $1.7 million ($1,761,242 to be precise) in the second quarter of this year under party chair Allison Tant, elected to lead the party in January of 2013. Over half of that came from one group — Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level, which gave $952,000. Its the political action committee with connections to former Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown.

Energy companies Florida Power & Light contributed $40,665, TECO $20,000.

U.S. Sugar contributed $35,000.

The FDP spent $1.2 million ($1,273,357) in the quarter.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.